Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Are you hungry?

The other day I was feeding my 6 month old. she is just learning to eat solid food. She was so excited about eating that her mouth was open wide and she was almost dancing in her seat. She couldn't wait to get that food. But when I gave her a bite of food, she spit it out. I guess it wasn't what she was expecting or what she wanted. Maybe what she was hoping for was yogurt or applesauce or bananas, but what I gave her was sweet potatoes.

Are we ever like that when it comes to our spiritual food, the Word of God? Do we feed on God's Word only to spit it out if it make us uncomfortable or if we don't like what it says?

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."  (NASB)

All of God's Word is good for us and beneficial to us.

1 Peter 2:2 says,  "like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation"  (NASB)

That phrase, "long for" refers to an intense and continuous desire. Spiritual growth begin and continues through the application of the Word of God.

So, are you hungry?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

No Worries

Do you every worry about paying bills or making ends meet? Do you ever worry about your future, perhaps plans that are in the making? Do you ever worry about you health? Do you ever worry about your work or maybe your retirement?  Any of you parents ever worry about your children? There are a lot of things that we can worry about. 

The bottom line is that life can be stressful and full of things that we could worry about, but I believe there is a better alternative if you would just let go of your worries. You may be thinking to yourself, “How in the world am I going to let go of these worries? If I let go of these worries, then how will anything ever get accomplished.”

Matthew 6:25-34 teaches us that we can trust God to handle all our concerns. He will take care of our every need. 

Three ways we can get rid of our worries:
1. Learn to trust God with everything
2. Learn to make God you #1  priority
3. Learn to pray about your worries

1 Peter 5:7 tells us that we can give all our worries and cares to the Lord. What an offer that is! We know the weight of anxiety, don’t we? When we are filled with worry and anxiety we can feel a physical, emotional and a spiritual drag upon us. Could you imagine taking other people’s worries and anxieties?

Mary Crowley said, "Every evening I turn worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway."

That's good advice... when was the last time you tried it? Are you ready to live worry free?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Relational God

Have you ever been invited to meet with someone for the first time and found yourself feeling a bit nervous?

What will I say? Will they like me?

If you have asked these questions, you are in good company. The Old Testament prophet Elijah must have felt like this when God wanted to meet with him. The story is recorded in 1 Kings 19.

You can imagine Elijah's feelings as he prepared to meet with God. His heart starts beating fast as he wonders, "What is this going to be like?" He goes to the appointed place and waits. All of a sudden a hurricane-strength wind smashes against the mountainside with such power that the rocks split. Elijah is thinking, "This must be God showing up", but the text says, "The Lord was not in the wind". A little while later there's an earthquake that shakes the entire mountain and Elijah thinks, "This must be the presence of God", but it wasn't. Then a blast of fire consumes everything on the side of the mountain, but this still isn't God.

Finally a gentle voice speaks. it is soft...almost a whisper. God initiates a conversation with Elijah. In the conversation, Elijah pours our his frustrations and struggles. God gives direction and instruction...hope for the future. Like two friends, God and Elijah talk.

In this moment Elijah discovers something about God's nature. It's a lesson was could all learn if we are willing to come close enough to God. God is deeply relational. The powerful, holy, righteous, sovereign God also longs to experience an intimate relationship with you and I.

How is your relationship with Him?